A Woodworking Toolrest for my mini metal lathe

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Blog entry by Garth Kay-Hards posted 07-04-2019 09:46 AM 409 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I was wanting to put this under projects but I see that only wooden items can go in there. So I’ll put it under Blogs.

I decided towards the end of last year (2018) that, as I hardly ever used my Record Power lathe, I would sell it and with the money I got, buy a cheap 7×14” Chinese mini metal lathe. I have always wanted a metal lathe and have always regretted not getting one years ago. Anyway, to cut a long story short I bought one after looking at reviews for months. I expected to have a few problems with it and would need to sort them out. Yes, I had 3 faults with the lathe and I’m fixing them while using it to add some useful attachments.
I want it to be able to do some milling and I also wanted to use it to turn smaller pieces of timber and plastics.

In all this process I have been having interest in pen turning and this lathe and attachment, I think, will do the job well.
I have subsequently designed and made a fairly robust toolrest for the lathe which I photographed extensively while making it, and published it on Instructables. They have featured the article and I post the link here for your interest too.

When I got to try it out I found a few problems which I have added into the article as an Addendum
I have now bought a pen kit and and keen to try turning up some pens. I’m not sure if I’ll need to make a mandrel as I see some guys are making pens up with out it.
Learning as I go along. :-)

-- GarthKH

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